Fargo (Blu-ray)

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Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 210809235
UPC 883904138556
UPC 14 00883904138556
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/11/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Betrayal
Black Comedy
Character Study
Cops
Deception
Essential Cinema
Kidnapping
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Murder
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Poor Jerry Lundegaard. He's deep in debt. His wealthy father-in-law has no respect for him. He cheats customers at the car dealership where he works. And now he's hired a bumbling duo to kidnap his wife--a plan that goes horribly awry, leading to homicide. Enter Marge Gunderson, one of the most fabulous movie cops in film history. The very-pregnant Marge--played marvelously by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning and career-defining performance--just goes about her everyday business, eating (in nearly every scene), talking to the people in the community, and examining bloody corpses as if no day is different from the next. A multiple murder in the small town of Brainerd, Minnesota--home of Paul Bunyan, as the sign claims--seems to have little effect on her. Yet she has an innate cop sense--she is very, very good at her job and determined to solve the case in her offhanded manner.^FARGO is yet another offbeat, highly entertaining film from the Coen brothers (BARTON FINK, BLOOD SIMPLE). The film is nearly colorless; instead, director of photography Roger Deakins washes the screen in the blinding white of the snow, occasionally breaking for the drab grays and browns of police uniforms and winter jackets. Carter Burwell's score further enhances the slow, steady pace of this oddly funny and compelling film. The Coens have once again populated their film with a slew of bizarre characters, with outstanding performances delivered by all, particularly the edgy William H. Macy, the quietly luminous McDormand, the nearly psychotic Steve Buscemi, and the oh-so-cold Peter Stormare.
Plot Summary
Summary The Coen brothers' black comedy revolves around a crime orchestrated by a desperate, debt-ridden man--and its unexpected results. In dire need of money, Jerry Lundegaard comes up with a plan: Hire two thugs to kidnap his wife, Jean; make Jean's rich father shell out the ransom; and then use the money to pay off both the kidnappers and his creditors. But what appears to be the perfect crime goes seriously awry when the goons murder three people after abducting Jean. As a result, they soon have an intelligent--and very pregnant--police chief named Marge Gunderson investigating the clues they've carelessly left behind. The criminals must now collect the ransom before Marge puts all the pieces together...but that turns out to be a lot harder than they thought.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Yah?" "Yah."--just about every character in the film, at one time or another
Quote "Oh--I just, I think I'm gonna barf."--Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) |"Geez, you okay, Margie?"--Lou (Bruce Bohne) |"I'm fine--it's just morning sickness....Well, that passed."--Marge |"Yah?"--Lou |"Yah. Now I'm hungry again."--Marge
Quote "Say, Lou, ya hear the one about the guy who couldn't afford personalized license plates so he went and changed his name to J2L 4685?"--Marge |"Yah, that's a good one."--Lou
Quote "Okay, so we got a trooper pulls someone over, we got a shooting, these folks drive|by, there's a high-speed pursuit, ends here, and then this execution-type deal."--Marge
Quote "Just keep it still back there, lady, or we're going to have to, you know, shoot you."--Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi)
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...A terrific, twisted comedy....A dazzling mix of mirth and malice....McDormand wins your heart..." 03/21/1996 p.104
Sight and Sound "...The Coens prove themselves masters of orchestrating cross-purposes plots....FARGO is a further demonstration of Joel Coen's remarkable ability to mix comedy with horror..." 06/01/1996 p.40-1
USA Today "...McDormand's uproariously sly-spry performance connects with Roger Deakins' bleakly beautiful photography to create one of the Coens' most consistently successful outings..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 03/08/1996 p.7D
Variety "...FARGO is a strikingly mature, unique entertainment that plays on many levels...all satisfying..." 02/12/1996
Los Angeles Times "...With the perfect assist from their actors, all of whom are well in on the joke, this affectionate look at the frozen North brings the Coens back in from the cold..." 03/08/1996 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...A great movie....FARGO is true toe the rhythms of small-town life....William H. Macy's performance is an implosion of fear and frustration..." 04/15/2001 p.5
Directors
Joel Coen
Actors
William H. Macy
Frances McDormand
Cast & Crew
William H. Macy - Star
Harve Presnell - Star
Kristin Rudrud - Star
Peter Stormare - Star
Frances McDormand - Star
Jose Feliciano - Star
John Carroll Lynch - Star
Steve Park - Star
Steve Buscemi - Star
Joel Coen - Screenwriter
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Mary Zophres - Costume Designer
Ethan Coen - Story
Ethan Coen - Screenwriter
Carter Burwell - Composer
Ethan Coen - Producer
Joel Coen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 113855
UPC 00883904138556
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name Frances McDormand
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1996
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Joel Coen
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1996
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Joel Coen
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1996
Award Giver Cannes
Name Ethan Coen
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1996
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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